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March 5, 2015

Which of the world’s cities are smartest?

Answer: not London

March 4, 2015

Maryland Legislation Would Encourage Release of GIS Data

A new proposal recommended by the Maryland Council on Open Data would remove fees associated with access to state GIS information.

March 4, 2015

Google Plans to Launch Small Wireless Network

The plan to launch a cellphone network appears similar to what Google has done with cellphones and broadband Internet service, spurring innovation among industry heavyweights.

March 4, 2015

Improving Cities by Investing in Next-Generation Internet

A coalition called Next Century Cities is bringing leaders together to demonstrate the value of Internet infrastructure investments, celebrate member cities’ successful projects, and help other cities do the same.

March 4, 2015

FCC Vote Could be Game Changer for Internet Privacy

At issue is Section 222 of the Communications Act, which requires that telecom companies protect customers’ “proprietary information,” such as how you use their services.

March 4, 2015

Cheating Scandal Prompts LA County Supervisors to Computerize Hiring Exams

The new countywide system will randomly select questions for each applicant from thousands of potential questions that will be stored on a secure server.

March 4, 2015

Michigan's $61 Million Child Care System Glitchy, Far From Functional

The computer system -- designed to help child welfare efforts -- is instead frustrating workers, delaying payments to some foster parents and complicating state efforts to escape federal oversight.

March 4, 2015

Cybersecurity: Taking a Proactive Approach is Key

If we are to proactively defend our cybersecurity, we must move away from historical algorithm audit and analysis to real-time pattern recognition audit and analysis.

March 4, 2015

Medical Device Surveillance on the Horizon

Harnessing the potential of data on patients is one of the main goals of a national device surveillance system proposal unveiled last week by the health care arm of the Brookings Institution.

March 4, 2015

Tonawanda, N.Y., Considers Solar Panels on Government Buildings

The city could achieve savings of between $30,000 and $35,000 annually under the proposed power purchase agreement.

March 4, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Prep for Driverless Cars

The state is looking to regulate how the vehicles can be insured, who can operate them and what safety standards they have to meet.

March 4, 2015

Florida Leads Nation in Fraud, ID Theft

Florida — long known for flimflam, bogus swamp sales and Medicare fraud — was home to seven of the top 20 metro areas for consumer fraud complaints last year.

March 4, 2015

Maryland Counties Urge Curbs on Releasing Body Camera Videos

Local officials are advising state lawmakers to amend Maryland's Public Information Act to limit which videos authorities have to release and avoid costly "fishing expeditions."

March 4, 2015

Chief Data Officers: Shaping One of the Newest Positions in Government

Four prominent CDOs discuss the work they do and the meaning of their jobs in the overall structure of civic governance.

March 4, 2015

Stamford Only Town in Connecticut to Lack Traffic Stop Data

Police officials say they are working to submit required information about the ethnic makeup of drivers pulled over, but technological and training problems have prevented them from doing so yet.

March 4, 2015

How long until cash is extinct?

Answer: perhaps a decade

March 3, 2015

Call for Entries: Best of the Web & Digital Government Achievement Awards 2015

The Center for Digital Government invites nominations for the 20th annual Best of the Web (BOW) and Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA)!

March 3, 2015

Photo of the Week: New York City's IT Epicenter

Open since 2013, the facility has the people and tools to tackle a variety of tech issues affecting infrastructure, applications, network, voice and data functions.

March 3, 2015

Amazon Cloud, WordPress Help Arlington County, Va., Improve Constituent Services

The move has brought savings of approximately $12,000 to $15,000 per month in hosting, development and licensing costs associated with a proprietary content management system.

March 3, 2015

How Do Municipalities of Different Sizes Use the Internet?

A recent survey found that small cities have the most diverse Internet usage, and the larger the municipality, the more likely it is to utilize social media.